There are many ways to organize your paper, and I’ve tried many of them! My main advice is this — you want to store the paper vertically so that you can easily flip through it to find what you are looking for.
If you are anything like me, we seem to have the following types of 12×12 paper —
- Solid colors — I purchase Stampin’ up solid cardstock. I also like Bazzil and American Crafts. I do not purchase the thinner paper, since it does not cut well in my Cricut machine. I store this in plastic vertical bins by color. I keep one with a rainbow of colors for travelling to crops.
- Paper pads — I purchase these less now, but when I started, and had a coupon, I bought these like crazy. I like that the paper coordinates, but I rarely use the whole pack. I store these on their sides, and someone gave me the idea to WRITE on the binding to remember the theme for that pad.
- By Brand — I seem to have an abundance of Jillibean Soup paper, so that gets it’s own section! Some people like to organize by company and I understand how this would help you find coordinating sets of paper too.
- By Theme — For other loose paper that I purchase by brand, I have grouped by sections that I can easily find for my themed layouts. Notice in the photo above that I have many categories such as baby, boy, girl, school, puppy, wedding, birthday, house, vacation, Easter/spring, summer, fall, and Christmas. I use labeled tabbed dividers for each section.
What didn’t work for me what storing the paper in project bins (the 12×12 plastic boxes). I think it’s good if you are grouping the paper with your photos to have everything together and ready to scrapbook. But it’s not a good way to find the paper you are looking for, you just won’t spend the time to open the box and dig. Life’s too short!
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